Music, Essays, and Swimming

It’s been a busy couple of weeks recently.

My “333” rough draft is due tomorrow so I’ve been working really hard on that this week. But I finally have the whole piece on paper so that’s really comforting. I feel a lot better than I did earlier this month when I wasn’t even sure what I was going to write about.

But of course my paper hasn’t been the only thing I’ve been up to recently. Last weekend I dug through my parents CD’s and found a bunch of music that I felt I needed to listen to but hadn’t had the chance. So I’ve been listening to a lot of Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen recently. The best part is that if I find a song that I really enjoy I can bring it with me to my guitar lesson and my teacher will teach me how to play it. Once a week I have a lesson with Mr. Sinclair, one of the guitar teachers here at PEA. He’s absurdly talented and he has a great ear for music, so you can play a recording for him and, within minutes, he’ll have figured out how to play it and he’ll teach you from there. Right now I’m working on a really great duet by Mark Knopfler and James Taylor called “Sailing to Philadelphia.” If you’re looking for some music to listen, I highly recommend it.

This past Friday it was really rainy out so the bike team didn’t go outside. Fortunately our cycling coach is also the coach of the swim team so he had a great “pool cross training” workout for us all. But when I say great, I mean hard! There are a couple of swimmers on the team so, for them, the workout was pretty straightforward but the rest of us were cooked by the end of it! It was a really fun change of pace though.

Take it easy,

Nik

Something I learned today: The O’Shaughnessy Dam was completed in 1923.

Back at it

Well we’re back into the swing of things here at Exeter. Classes only started on Thursday the 21’st but that seems like a long time ago right now.

My classes have all started up and, so far, I like them all. Upper Spring is the time when students write their infamous history paper, the 333 (named after the class you write it in, History 333). I start the process of writing it on Monday and the paper wouldn’t be bad at all except it’s acquired a legendary status here at Exeter. I’ve known about it since prep year and its reputation makes it far more stressful than it really is! Hopefully I’ll be able to hunker down and right it without too much stress. The trick will be to stick to the time table and not procrastinate.

In other news, biking is going well. We have a lot of new kids on the team and they’re all figuring out the ins and outs of cycling really well and it’s been a lot of fun to get to know them. A lot of my teammates (and my coach) have discovered this iPhone app called “Strava” which uses GPS to track you on your bike ride and it will tell you your speed, your mileage, and so many other statistics that you didn’t know you needed till you had them. It also allows you to “follow” other cyclists, like you would with Twitter, and even send them messages. The result: all of my team mates are trash talking one another and trying to beat each other’s Strava records. It’s pretty cool but it’s starting to be a big distraction!

Take it easy,

Nik

P.S Newly admitted students: I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can during Experience Exeter!

Something I learned today: I’m starting to understand logarithms better!

What a Week!

Wow! It’s been one fast paced week but it’s finally done! Now I can at least take a breath, hang out, and rest up before finals start on Monday. It’s funny but it seems like the busiest or hardest weeks here at Exeter are the ones that go the fastest. I think that definitely holds true for this week. I’ve been all over the place with cycling tryouts, music lessons, and classes that are wrapping up. On Monday I handed in my mini 332, a short periodicals history research paper. I wrote about how the Great Depression affected farmers. It was a pretty interesting topic since I got to talk about the human effects rather than the economics of the depression and I chose farmers because of my Mountain School roots! On Tuesday night I proctored the church for evening prayer (EP, as we call it here) and that went really well. I just started proctoring the church this term but I’m really enjoying it and I’m going to keep doing it next term. On Wednesday I had a half day so I got a jump on my post lab questions for my biology elective and yesterday I finished them. Continue reading